Agency Launches Fundraising Campaign to Support Refugee Families
Thursday, March 16, 2017 by Communications

Agency Supports Hundreds of Refugees Every Year, $250,000 needed to ensure continuation of comprehensive services

Chicago, IL –
Catholic Charities launched an aggressive fundraising campaign to support its refugee resettlement program today. The agency needs to raise $250,000 before July to ensure continuation of its refugee resettlement program. Catholic Charities is unique in that it provides comprehensive case management and support to refugees for up to two years as they assimilate to life in their new homes. Many agencies only provide up to three months of support.


“Many refugees have faced imprisonment, torture and often been close to death. We know that when they are resettling in Chicago they need much more than the basic few months of support the initial federal funding provides,” said Monsignor Michael Boland, President of Catholic Charities.


“We provide up to two years of support to ensure refugees are fully settled into their new homes and are as self-sufficient as possible. 85% of our refugees secure full time, stable employment within their first six months, and within 2 years they are fully self-sufficient. But without this extended support, they risk not adjusting to their new lives in Chicago,” Monsignor Boland emphasized.


The ever-evolving federal refugee resettlement policies and uncertainty around the program have put much of the agencies’ refugee funding in flux. This jeopardizes the compassionate care for the nearly 250 refugees Catholic Charities has already resettled in Chicago, and the anticipated 46 more refugee families it will resettle this year. 


Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program includes resettling and providing housing assistance, enrolling children in school, securing placement in English as a Second language and other job training and financial literacy classes for adults, individual and family counseling, and case management.


All refugees undergo an exhaustive screening process, extending from 18 months to two years. The Catholic Charities refugee program has resettled more than 10,000 refugees in its 40 year history.


Donations can be made online or by texting CCAC to 243-725. A donation of $60 sponsors a refugee family for a day, $400 sponsors a family for a week, and $1,700 sponsors a family for one month.


About Catholic Charities

Helping people in need for 100 years, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is one of the largest private, not-for-profit social service agencies in the Midwest and is the largest Catholic Charities agency in the country. Every 30 seconds someone counts on Catholic Charities for help.  Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity by providing compassionate, competent, professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities. Each year we assist more than 1 million people in Cook and Lake Counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background as they journey on their paths to self-sufficiency. For more details, please visit

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